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Issue with leather midsole of boots after cleaning. Help please!

ILikeBacon

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So the other day I decided to clean up these boots a bit for spring -- the leather upper had some salt stains and the vibram outsole was getting pretty dirty. I used Jason Markk's premium sneaker solution with the standard sneaker cleaning brush. The olive leather upper and vibram outsole cleaned up very nicely, but the leather midsole which was once fairly smooth and tan/peachy in colour turned rougher and a white/dull grey. I'm just wondering if any of you guys could tell me what happened and/or offer some solutions to restore the midsole back to its original state. Is the white/dull grey colour from the cleaning solution residue? Could the leather have been damaged by the brush? The leather of the midsole could be natural untreated leather... in which case wouldn't water damage/stain it? I'm not too knowledgeable on untreated leather, or leather in general :embar:

Here's what the boot looks like brand new.



Here are some pictures of my boots after I cleaned them.






Thanks guys!
 

Nosu3

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It's stained. You could use some sand paper on the outer rough part to lighten it some. If it's non-dyed leather then it would have darkened over time anyway.
 

red81

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who makes those?

also, i wouldn't worry about it, it would've happened eventually on its own.
 

ILikeBacon

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It was a collaboration between Ronnie Fieg and Sebago. I also just noticed a split between the midsole and outsole... :confused:
 

red81

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It was a collaboration between Ronnie Fieg and Sebago. I also just noticed a split between the midsole and outsole...
i had this same exact thing happen with my red wing 1907's, which has the same sole setup. i just pushed superglue into the hole as far as i could, squirted a little in, and held it together with pliers for 5 seconds. seemed to do the job ok.

not sure if that'll be a problem once it's time to resole them; are you planning on having yours resoled eventually?
 

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not 100% sure but the leather from the original pic looks like it's raw so maybe it's just 'breaking in', ie its darker from getting wet and having various substances like cleaner or dirt/oil rubbed into it. Assuming you don't like the look (although that may have been the original intention of the designer), try the suggestion above of using some sandpaper. maybe some leather specific cleaner to strip off any oils. Just imagine a patch or raw leather on your jeans, as it gets wet or dirty it'll get darker. that's my guess
 

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